Ongoing continuous improvement The aspects of a BPM effort that are modified include organizational structures, management systems, employee responsibilities and performance measurements, incentive systems, skills development, and the use of IT. BPR can potentially affect every aspect of how business is conducted today.
Overview[ edit ] A business process begins with a mission objective an external event and ends with achievement of the business objective of providing a result that provides customer value.
Additionally, a process may be divided into subprocesses process decompositionthe particular inner functions of the process. Business processes may also have a process owner, a responsible party for ensuring the process runs smoothly from start to finish.
Operational processes, which constitute the core business and create the primary value stream, e. Operational processes, which focus on properly executing the operational tasks of an entity; this is where personnel "get the things done" Management processes, which ensure that the operational processes are conducted appropriately; this is where managers "ensure efficient and effective work processes" Governance processes, which ensure the entity is operating in full compliance with necessary legal regulations, guidelines, and shareholder expectations; this is where executives ensure the "rules and guidelines for business success" are followed A complex business process may be decomposed into several subprocesses, which have their own attributes but also contribute to achieving the overall goal of the business.
Processes can be modeled through a large number of methods and techniques. For instance, the Business Process Modeling Notation is a business process modeling technique that can be used for drawing business processes in a visualized workflow.
In the end, all processes are part of a largely unified outcome, one of "customer value creation. Previously, in a society where production was dominated by handcrafted goodsone man would perform all the activities required during the production process, while Smith described how the work was divided into a set of simple tasks, which would be performed by specialized workers.
The appropriate level of task division was defined through experimental design of the production process.
In contrast to Smith's view which was limited to the same functional domain and comprised activities that are in direct sequence in the manufacturing process today's process concept includes cross-functionality as an important characteristic.
Following his ideas, the division of labor was adopted widely, while the integration of tasks into a functional, or cross-functional, process was not considered as an alternative option until much later.
His Principles of Scientific Management focused on standardization of processes, systematic training and clearly defining the roles of management and employees.
Peter Drucker[ edit ] In the latter part of the twentieth century, management guru Peter Drucker focused much of his work on simplification and decentralization of processes, which led to the concept of outsourcing.
He also coined the concept of the " knowledge worker — as differentiated from manual workers — and how knowledge management would become part of an entity's processes.
A process is thus a specific ordering of work activities across time and space, with a beginning and an end, and clearly defined inputs and outputs: Processes are the structure by which an organization does what is necessary to produce value for its customers.
These characteristics are achieved by a focus on the business logic of the process how work is doneinstead of taking a product perspective what is done. Following Davenport's definition of a process we can conclude that a process must have clearly defined boundaries, input and output, that it consists of smaller parts, activities, which are ordered in time and space, that there must be a receiver of the process outcome- a customer - and that the transformation taking place within the process must add customer value.
They define a process as: Some processes result in a product or service that is received by an organization's external customer. We call these primary processes. Other processes produce products that are invisible to the external customer but essential to the effective management of the business.
We call these support processes.
In this sense, Rummler and Brache's definition follows Porter's value chain model, which also builds on a division of primary and secondary activities.
According to Rummler and Brache, a typical characteristic of a successful process-based organization is the absence of secondary activities in the primary value flow that is created in the customer oriented primary processes.
The characteristic of processes as spanning the white space on the organization chart indicates that processes are embedded in some form of organizational structure.
Also, a process can be cross-functional, i. Ideally, the transformation that occurs in the process should add value to the input and create an output that is more useful and effective to the recipient either upstream or downstream. Summarizing the four definitions above, we can compile the following list of characteristics for a business process: It must have clearly defined boundaries, input and output.
It must consist of activities that are ordered according to their position in time and space a sequence. There must be a recipient of the process' outcome, a customer.
The transformation taking place within the process must add value to the recipient, either upstream or downstream. A process cannot exist in itself, it must be embedded in an organizational structure.
A process regularly can, but not necessarily must, span several functions. Frequently, identifying a process owneri. Sometimes the process owner is the same person who is performing the process. Workflow[ edit ] Workflow is the procedural movement of information, material, and tasks from one participant to another.
A single workflow may either be sequential, with each step contingent upon completion of the previous one, or parallel, with multiple steps occurring simultaneously. Multiple combinations of single workflows may be connected to achieve a resulting overall process.
It consisted of starting from a blank slate and completely recreating major business processes as well as the use of information technology for significant performance improvement.
The term unfortunately became associated with corporate "downsizing" in the mids. Knowledge management[ edit ] Knowledge management is the definition of the knowledge that employees and systems use to perform their functions and maintaining it in a format that can be accessed by others.
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A business process or business method is a collection of related, structured activities or tasks by people or equipment that in a specific sequence produces a service or product (serves a particular business goal) for a particular customer or customers.
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